For humans, superpowers are the stuff of fiction. But in the animal world there are a surprising number of species that really do have what appear to be superpowers. From jellyfish that never die to dung beetles that can lift 1,141 times their own weight and parasites that practice mind control, the animal kingdom displays an astounding range of superpowers.
20. Immortal jellyfish
The immortal jellyfish is a bizarre creature that has an extraordinary attribute – it is effectively immune to death. Found in the seas off the coast of Japan and in the Mediterranean, the immortal jellyfish can, at any stage in its life, revert to the polyp form. This is the part of its life cycle that comes after the creature has been nothing more than an egg. It can do this if it’s threatened by environmental changes, or even if it’s cut with scissors in the lab.